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Posted on 2004-10-30
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I am learning programming windows.
See below piece of code:

  hdc = GetDC(hwnd);
  ReleaseDC(hwnd, hdc);

Compiling error:
error C2065: 'DC_PEN' : undeclared identifier
error C2065: 'SetDCPenColor' : undeclared identifier

The type of stock object can be the value DC_PEN in the GetStockObject function .
what is wrong here? How should I change a pen color? Thanks.
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Both DC_PEN and SetDCPenColor are available in Windows 2000 or later. To compile this code you need to define constant:

#define _WIN32_WINNT 0x0500

before including windows.h, as described in this article:


Put this constant to the beginning of stdafx.h.

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In the article, it mentions another way is:

Visual C++ 6.0:  To specify compiler options, go to the Projects menu and click Settings, then select the C/C++ tab. By specifying the /D compiler option supported by Visual C++.

I tried it too. In Project settings, Select the C/C++ tab , in Project Options text box typing /D "_WIN32_WINNT 0x0500".  But it didn't work, the compiling error still exists.

Did I use the correct /D compiler option (put /D "_WIN32_WINNT 0x0500" in Project Options)? Thanks.

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/D _WIN32_WINNT=0x500    (if you add this manually to cl commang line).

Project - Settings - C/C++ - Preprocessor definitions. Add:

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Many thanks.

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